what do people think is the best way to kill fish for eating? I don't often have very clean results and instant kills.
Mackerel fishing I've never had a problem, hold the fish and hit the head with a quick snap over something seemed to give an instant kill. But I've done this with other fish and have had no luck. A white sucker I did this with honestly didn't die for 10 minutes of bashing it's head. not fun.
Yesterday I was bass fishing and I had a Ka-Bar with me so I thought the fastest way would be to cut the spine above the gills in one quick cut then cut the rest of the head off with another cut. Well turns out the head was still moving (like the mouth opening and closing and gills moving) for easily 10 minutes after it was cut off. and the heart was still pumping for the same amount of time. we tried this with a few and the same thing happened.
So looking for better techniques to kill fish cleanly.